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Nominate Cynops ensicauda adults and larvae

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Fire-Belly & Sword-Tail Newts (Cynops & Hypselotriton) Perhaps the most famous and frequently bred newts in captivity, the fire-bellied newts and sword-tail newts are well known throughout the world as being excellent, gregarious captives.

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Hoping they'll grow up to look like this:

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Wow, what a beautyClick the image to open in full size.
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Very beautiful!!!
Could you post an image of all the tank, please?

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Thanks.

Javier, there's not much more to it than what you see in the above pic, but here's a wider angle shot anyway Click the image to open in full size.

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They are often kept almost fully aquatic in captivity, but it may come as a surpise to some people how active they are on land in the wild. I'm slowly converting my tanks like this to take their land habits into account.

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Tim... what is that "white" flat thing behind the Cynops? Dirty ice cover? Click the image to open in full size.



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Are you referring to the driftwood at the back?

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Great photos! I'm assuming popei and the nominate form are pretty much indentical as larvae? The popei larvae I'm currently raising are starting on back legs now....right around where those in the first larvae photo are.

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Hi Tim, nice photo.
What size of you tank ?



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Hi Joseph. The nominate ensicauda larvae from those newts are a lighter shade of brown, while my popei larvae are dark brown to black:

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I think the larvae of my other nominate ensicauda, the ones that don't have this special coloration, are a bit darker, but I'd have to check...

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Thanks, Carlos. The tank is 90cmx45cmx45cm.



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Here are some old pics of "normal" nominate ensicauda larvae:

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They were mostly dark, but not all so dark. But the larvae in the tank featured is this thread are all light. Let's see if they darken up over time...



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I should also mention that among the adults shown in the above pictures, there's one in the 8th pic from the top that's pitch black with no other dorsal coloration. That one's not from Amami Ooshima Island, but from another one where it seems they're all dark like that:

See: http://www.caudata.org/forum/message...tml?1127580789

I'm intending to move her out but haven't got around to it yet. I can only hope she hasn't been cross-breeding with the others...


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